wheel - 6:04 pm on Jan 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Well it could bite back. I'm not a member of the association, but I'm reasonably well known in the community. And if we do this, it won't be a secret. (though I guess in retrospect I'm seen as a rebel/outlier/vocal in that community so perhaps I wouldn't be harming my already tarnished rep)
I actually am unsure. There's enough of a membership that some people will view the email as some variation on self serving spam. And I'm not a big fan of scraping someone's website when they've clearly said no. OTOH, they've implicitly allowed it in the past.
So no, I don't think it's quite that clear cut.
I've actually suggested they fire up the community and 50 of us scrape the directory by hand for a few hours. Or to try a viral email campaign.
(though I suppose if I scrape and the coup succeeds, hey! I'm in good! :) ).